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Hungry Girl Today: 8.10.12

Heading out for ice cream? Do your homework first! We've got lots of good info for you...

The Basic DOs & DON'Ts

DO K.I.S.S. -- keep it simple, silly! Basic flavors are the safe way to go. If it's got hunks of peanut butter and candy pieces in it, chances are the calorie count is higher than the less flashy flavors. And keep your serving small -- even fat-free ice cream typically has at least 100 calories per half cup, which is NOT a lot of ice cream. No need to overdo it...

DON'T go for the big cones. The problem isn't just the amount of ice cream they can hold. (Though that is an issue!) The cones themselves contain a considerable number of calories. Oversized waffle cones typically have around 160 calories and 4g fat each... and that's for the PLAIN ones. The ones that are dipped in chocolate and other goodies tip the scales with 200+ calories and up to 15g fat! And remember, that's before the ice cream...

DO indulge in a small cake cone or sugar cone. Just as the too-large cones are dangerous because they can hold too much ice cream, small cones are fantastic because they can only hold so much! Plus, the calorie counts are nice and low. Cake cones, the flat-bottomed ones, generally have 20 - 25 calories, and standard sugar cones have 45 - 60 calories a pop.

DO scope out alternative options. Yes, you're at an ice cream shop, but there may be other treats worth considering! Soft-serve fro yo? Go for it. Sorbet? Sweet! Just check the nutritional stats to make sure your choice is a good bet.

DON'T get crazy with the toppings. Those things can get you into TROUBLE. Just because you got a scoop of super-light ice cream, that doesn't mean that piling on candy, cookies, and gooey syrups won't affect the stats in a big way. Fresh fruit toppings, however, are always a good choice!

DO gather ideas for later. Sure, that hot-fudge brownie sundae on the menu may be a calorie catastrophe, but that doesn't mean you can't re-create it at home... guilt-free, of course!

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Best Options: The magic words? BRight Choices! There's Fat-Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Caramel Turtle Truffle Reduced-Fat No Sugar Added Ice Cream, and Pineapple Coconut Reduced-Fat No Sugar Added Ice Cream. A small order has only 80 - 120 calories (PointsPlus